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Post Tom Crean, Ireland's Polar Explorer
Created by John Eipper on 09/12/21 3:49 AM

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Tom Crean, Ireland's Polar Explorer (Patrick Mears, -Germany, 09/12/21 3:49 am)

Tom Crean (1877-1938) was an Irishman born on the Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland into a farming family, and he made a name for himself as a "Polar Explorer" in the early years of the Twentieth Century, when Ireland was a part of the United Kingdom. Here is the link to Crean's Wikipedia entry. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Crean_(explorer) .

Anyway, Crean is perhaps best known for his "rescue trek" over the Ross Ice Shelf seeking help for his stranded shipmates. This is mentioned in the link above. In 2006, Guinness released an advert for its stout based on Crean's rescue trek, and here is the link to that brilliant piece. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXf93CEI4t0 . You will see in this advert the "South Pole Inn" in the small village of Annascaul on the Dingle Peninsula, which Crean opened in 1927; this pub was (and remains) not too distant from where Crean was raised on a farm. The music in the advert's background, which finally knocked through this "thick Mick" skull of mine, is "Oh the Days of the Kerry Dancing," composed by James Mynam Malloy (1837-1909). This song is one of my absolute favorites and perhaps was best performed by the Irish Tenors some time ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LlgSEtu5rk .

Connie and I will be visiting Killarney and Dublin, beginning on September 28th. She has a private press trip sponsored by the Irish Tourist Board, and I am accompanying her, as usual when it comes to Ireland trips. So on one of her hikes in the McGillicuddy Reeks surrounding Killarney, I will disappear and travel to Annascaul for a pint or two and think about the strains and stresses that Tom Crean had to pass through in order to achieve what he did so spectacularly.

JE comments:  The Guinness spot is the most epic beer commercial ever!  Imagine a solo walk of 35 miles in that frozen wasteland.  Thank you, Pat, for introducing us to one of Ireland's most intrepid adventurers.  He even looked the part:  see his portrait below, cribbed from Wikipedia.

When you make it to the South Pole Inn, raise a glass to Tom Crean from everyone in WAISworld.

Tom Crean, Polar Explorer

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